Soon you will be controlling your Nest thermostat with Google Now

Soon you will be controlling your Nest thermostat with Google Now
It appears that Google is close to allowing Android and iOS users to control the temperature on their Nest thermostat by using Google Now. Google acquired Nest in January, and hopes to allow homeowners to use their smartphones to raise or lower the temperature in their homes. By using Google Now, a verbal command can be said such as, "Raise the thermostat to 72 degrees."

Asking Google Now today to "set Nest to 72 degrees" will result in a card that says that the the request failed because no thermostat was found. The card also notes that such a command "Works with Nest." And this is where there is a missing link, so to speak, one that will allow you to authorize your Nest thermostat to follow directions from your phone. Right now, if you click on the "Works with Nest" link and follow it up with a click on "Yes I'm in," you are sent to a page that is not yet live.

Considering how far mobile technology has come in the last few years, would it really be much of a surprise to find yourself controlling appliances with your handset? The really cool part of the whole thing would be when your phone calculates how long it will take for you to arrive home, and turns on the thermostat at just the right time. This way, when you turn the key and open the door to your house, the temperature is exactly where you want it to be. 

source: DroidLife



1. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

"Soon Google Now will be controlling you with the Nest thermostat" FTFY :)

8. engineer-1701d unregistered

what gets me upset as an air conditioning technician is people think this thermostat is great and it is ok it has intelligent recovery which is built into all Honeywell thermostats its called intelligent recovery where turns on the unit and learns but with this thermostat you cannot turn on the fan therefore you cannot circulate answer out the house you don't have the option of putting in auto cycle for fans there for you can have a true temperature in the house also show the thermostat in random rooms not above or below the return where they are supposed to be

10. pego99

Posts: 121; Member since: Aug 01, 2012

The reason that the Nest is better than the Honeywell is that the Honeywell and most other wifi thermostats need a fifth power wire where the Nest does not. It works fine on 4 wire systems. The Honeywell does not, I tried it.

11. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

That's true. My system does not have the C wire, which ruled out the new EcoBee 3, which I was inclined to buy.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

Nest is not the best and is a butt ugly controller. Honeywell makes way better, and you can do alot with good home control software.

3. Augustine

Posts: 1043; Member since: Sep 28, 2013

When shopping for a connected thermostat that also supported ZigBee, there were only two: Ecobee and Nest. The former is too new and more expensive than the latter, a proven thermostat. I must say that so far I'm satisfied with it. My home is on the verge of becoming self-conscious! No, not really.


Posts: 1459; Member since: Mar 09, 2010

what software do you use....there are better thermostats on the market....they cost more but when you want home automation cheap just won't cut it if you really want total control. I built an 80 terabyte server that controls everything including thermostats with outside probes to control vetilation/AC, and heat. This allows total temperature control so that when outside air is cooler than inside the ventilation fan kicks on instead of the A/C unless you want it really cooler. Zigbee has it's merits, but Zwave and its development, and frequency is far superior. Not to mention proprietary properties of Zigbee keep it from being developed in top tier Home Automation products thats why you only find two thermostats. Zigbee shares the same frequency of regualr home based wifi , and is proven to drop signal and become less reliable. Also upgrading Zigbee products usually takes longer from the point of revisions of the product line so not many will develop Zigbee products. We have audio and video in all rooms controlled, caeras, and doors as well.

4. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

So, not even a year after the purchase, and Tony Faddell's words are meaningless. I'm so glad I didn't make the mistake of purchasing a Nest.

9. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

Tony's words were always meaningless. Google didn't buy Nest because they like fancy thermostats. They bought Nest for the data.

5. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

That's pretty useful, but it's still not worth $250.

6. killerbyte

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 14, 2014

they should make it so when you say google turn down the temp it starts singing turn down to what

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